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COTA SA is pleased to see that the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 reforms have been passed by the Parliament of South Australia.

During the consultation phase, COTA SA submitted a response to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, emphasising the importance of secure housing and its critical role in the health and wellbeing of older South Australians.

COTA SA welcomes these significant changes, which will enhance consumer protection and housing security for renters. These changes include:

  • Limiting the reasons for a landlord to terminate a lease
  • Extending the notice period from 28 to 60 days
  • Providing support for survivors of domestic violence
  • Ensuring rental properties comply with minimum housing standards
  • Allowing tenants to have pets
  • Establishing a new tenant advocacy service.

The commencement date for these reforms has not been announced. The next steps involve the State Government conducting targeted consultations for the development of regulations to support the new rental laws.

For further information, please visit Renting laws | Consumer and Business Services (

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